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MACHINA II / The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music (Virgin)


Published September 5, 2000


This source is from in-house promo CDs made for internal use at Virgin Records (sourced from the vinyls), made before Machina II was released to the public over the Internet. Two versions of the promos exist, a UK (type I) and U.S. (type II) version, both with four CDs corresponding to the vinyl copies. As it was done in-house at a record company it generally assumed to be a high-quality transfer, though some of the faint voices which can be heard in the background before some of the EP songs are cut off, and in general it is missing a considerable amount of audio between song transitions.

MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music is an album by The Smashing Pumpkins that was released for free on the Internet on September 5, 2000. A sequel to MACHINA/The Machines of God, it is the sixth album from the Pumpkins, though there are many fans who remain ignorant of its existence because it was never commercially released. It consists of three EPs full of B-Sides and alternate versions, and one LP being the actual album. Both MACHINA albums are concept albums. At the time the album was released it was to be the final Smashing Pumpkins studio album, but as of the summer of 2006 the band has reformed and is in the process of writing a new album.

Virgin Records was unwilling to release MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music so close to the first (and commercially unsuccessful) MACHINA. As is evident by the title, the band was fed up with Virgin. As a final farewell, and as a snub to the unsupportive label, it was released independently. Only 25 total copies were made. The vinyls were shipped via FedEx to several heavily active fans in the online community, with instructions to immediately redistribute it among the fans. Originally, the songs were intended to be the second disc of a double album instead of two separate releases. Virgin declined a double album from the band as the previous Pumpkins album, Adore, had not sold well.

Though not as well known among Pumpkins fans as the band's commercial releases, MACHINA II perhaps enjoys greater popularity among die-hard fans than its sister album, MACHINA. Its underground popularity can most likely be attributed to its hard, raw sound and rough energy. This sound was further defined by the manner of the album's release: the tracks were sourced from hand-cut vinyl records and then uploaded to the internet. The end result was a collection of heavy rock songs with a very raw, "lo-fi" sound intentionally characterized by pops, scratches, and other distortions. For fans left unsatisfied by the muted atmospherics of Adore and the sometimes over-processed and obtuse first MACHINA, MACHINA II was a welcome return to the band's hard rock roots.

The Pumpkins performed a track from the album ("Cash Car Star") on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which also ended up being the band's final television appearance. The performance was a rarity as "Cash Car Star" was not a single in any way, and MACHINA II was unavailable for purchase. (Leno even held up an actual vinyl hard copy of the album in true talk show performance tradition, with the comment "You can download it on the internet") The Pumpkins' Rotten Apples (Greatest Hits) 2001 release contains the MACHINA II track "Real Love." Two MACHINA II b-sides, "Lucky 13" and "Slow Dawn," were included on Judas 0 (which was packaged with some Greatest Hits pressings).

On August 5, 2005 the Q101 copy (#19) was put up for sale on eBay. The seller decided to end the auction four days early when the bidding had reached $10,000 from a bidder in France. This bidder has since disclosed that there was a mutual agreement after the auction was ended to cancel the sale transaction. It remains to be seen if this copy (or any other) will go up for sale again publicly in the near future, but the episode suggests that an original vinyl copy could fetch a five-figure sum.This CD release of this album was made by Q101, which was sourced from their vinyl copy. There are NO official CD releases.

other versions:
http://www.archive.org/details/machina.II.ver.Virgin
http://www.archive.org/details/machina.II.ver.Q101
http://www.archive.org/details/machina.II.ver.SPIFC
http://www.archive.org/details/machina.II.ver.Agnew


1 - ep1t01 slow dawn
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - ep1t02 vanity
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - ep1t03 saturnine
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - ep1t04 glass' theme
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - ep2t01 soul power [james brown]
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
6 - ep2t02 cash car star
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
7 - ep2t03 lucky 13
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
8 - ep2t04 speed kills [alternate]
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
9 - ep3t01 if there is a god [piano + vox]
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
10 - ep3t02 try, try, try [alt. music + lyrics]
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
11 - ep3t03 heavy metal machine [version 1, alt. mix]
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
12 - lp1t01 glass' theme
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
13 - lp1t02 cash car star
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
14 - lp1t03 dross
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
15 - lp1t04 real love
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
16 - lp1t05 go
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
17 - lp1t06 let me give the world to you
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
18 - lp1t07 innosence
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
19 - lp1t08 home
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
20 - lp1t09 blue skies bring tears [heavy]
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
21 - lp1t10 white spider
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
22 - lp1t11 in my body
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
23 - lp1t12 if there is a god [full band]
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
24 - lp1t13 le duex machina [synth]
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
25 - lp1t14 here's to the atom bomb
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Run time 92:20

See also MusicBrainz (release group)[MusicBrainz (release group)]; MusicBrainz (release)[MusicBrainz (release)]; Discogs (release)[Discogs (release)]; Wikipedia (English)[Wikipedia (English)]

Notes

This source is from in-house promo CDs made for internal use at Virgin Records (sourced from the vinyls), made before Machina II was released to the public over the Internet. Two versions of the promos exist, a UK (type I) and U.S. (type II) version, both with four CDs corresponding to the vinyl copies.[7] As it was done in-house at a record company it generally assumed to be a high-quality transfer, though some of the faint voices which can be heard in the background before some of the EP songs are cut off, and in general it is missing a considerable amount of audio between song transitions.

Reviews

Reviewer: www.SPfreaks.com - - November 18, 2012
Subject: Credits to who delivered the scans
It would have been nice if SPfreaks.com got the credits for the pics with this awesome upload on Archive.org. :)
Reviewer: BenjaminS.T. - - October 11, 2012
Subject: I gave Machina II a listen
I give this album four stars. Machina II is a good album and well produced but I am not that big of a fan of most of the Smashing Pumpkins sounds and I did not think it was great.
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